The Lord of the Rings - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Lord of the Rings Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2012
It looked terrible then and it still does: cartoon characters move differently from live actors, and the attempt to duplicate natural movement ends in stylistic incoherence.
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Variety Staff
July 7, 2010
Quite simply, those who do not know the characters of Middle Earth going in will not know them coming out.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Bakshi's version, using animation and live-action tracings, is uniformly excellent, sticking closely to the original text and visually echoing many of Tolkien's own drawings.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The film is visually compelling even when murk overtakes the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Falls far short of the charm and sweep of the original story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Gaslin
November 24, 2001
A showcase for inspired imagery and sheer strangeness, a near-miss magnum opus from another era, before the cult of Tolkien went Hollywood.